The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
ISBN: 0195092627
EAN13: 9780195092622
Language: English
Pages: 784
Dimensions: 1.57" H x 8.27" L x 5.43" W
Weight: 1.95 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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In The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Joyce Carol Oates offers a sweeping survey of American short fiction, in a collection of nearly sixty tales that combines classic works with many different, unexpected gems, and that invites readers to explore a wealth of important pieces by women and minority writers.

Some selections simply can't be improved on, Oates admits, and she happily includes such time-honored works as Irving's Rip Van Winkle and Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. But alongside these often-anthologized tales, Oates introduces such little-known stories as Mark Twain's Cannibalism in the Cars, a work that reveals a darker side to his humor. From Melville come the juxtaposed tales The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids, of which Oates says, only Melville could have fashioned out of 'real' events.such harrowing and dreamlike allegorical fiction. The reader will also delight in the range of authors found here, from Charles W. Chesnutt, Jean Toomer, and Sarah Orne Jewett, to William Carlos Williams, Kate Chopin, and Langston Hughes, to Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King.

For the second edition, Oates has introduced a wide range of new stories from writers who represent the state of American literature today. These new works include Lorrie Moore's How Read More chevron_right

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